Talking Heads – Susan, Doris & Irene: Superb

Wednesday 20th June 2018 at West Yorkshire Playhouse. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Alan Bennett really is a genius. Every so often, I forget this fact but a perfectly staged production like this becomes an impressive reminder. West Yorkshire Playhouse is producing the first 6 dramatic monologues of Bennet’s Talking Heads which landed in living rooms in 1988 and... Continue Reading →

Opera North’s Berlin to Broadway: Both Entertaining & Illuminating

Tuesday 19th June 2018 at Leeds City Varieties Music Hall. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Beginning with ‘Mack the Knife’ by torchlight, Opera North’s Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill makes a beautifully nostalgic and atmospheric arrival to the stage. From this glimpse of 1920s ambience created by Tim Skelly’s lighting design, notably reminiscent of underground caverns and the... Continue Reading →

Section 2: Topical and Sensitive

Friday 15th June 2018 at The Bunker Theatre, London. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Section 2 is the second play from the relatively new company Paper Creatures Theatre, and it’s their second piece of work to tackle big issues in relatable terms. As a new work written by Peter Imms, Section 2 seeks to explore ideas around mental health... Continue Reading →

Wicked on Tour: Take a ‘Thrillifying’ Trip to the Land of Oz

Thursday 14th June 2018 at the Grand Theatre and Opera House, Leeds. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Wicked is a titan of the musical theatre world and having already played to 55 million people worldwide to date, it continues to thrill audiences with this latest touring production, currently playing at the Grand Theatre and Opera House in Leeds. With... Continue Reading →

Disney’s Aladdin: A West End Extravaganza of Colour and Sparkle

Saturday 26th May 2018 at the Prince Edward Theatre, London. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Arabian nights and Arabian days have been thrust upon the Prince Edward Theatre stage in swirling, sparkling colours thanks to this production of Disney’s Aladdin. Spectacle is where this show excels and I can imagine any child seeing this as an early or first... Continue Reading →

Monogamy: Too Little, Yet Too Much

Thursday 24th May 2018 at York Theatre Royal. ⭐️⭐️ Monogamy is the new comedy-drama from Torben Betts, and while it appears to have some solid, sharp criticisms to launch against the young and foolish, the mature yet deluded, the rich and famous and the ‘principled’ and sinful, it doesn’t quite land on its feet. Despite... Continue Reading →

Two: Capable But Uneven

Wednesday 23rd May 2018 at Harrogate Theatre. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Reform Theatre Company’s production of Jim Cartwright’s Two is a snappy peep into the world of pub life, business ownership, the shenanigans of punters and fraying relationships with plenty of northern wisecracking in the mix. Set in a pub in the eighties, there’s an emphasis on the... Continue Reading →

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